Let’s Talk About That Infamous “B” Word


You saw them forming and naturally, you started getting worked up. How could this be? You’re not ready for this - surely you must be too young for this. Was it really time to start thinking about the “B” word? Indeed - Botox time has arrived. 

Let’s break the stigma before we begin - Botox is not just used as a treatment of lines and wrinkles. It is also used as a preventative measure to stop fine lines from becoming deeper wrinkles, especially in the “11” area between the eyebrows and on forehead lines. Prevention is key (like sunscreen!) in maintaining a youthful, refreshed appearance. 

Many who seek cosmetic procedures don’t want to look like they’ve had “work done.” People want to look like themselves, only better, and the use of natural-looking Botox and Filler allows them to remove visible signs of aging with little to no downtime. The downside to these quick and relatively painless procedures over their intense plastic surgery counterparts? The popularity of Botox and Fillers in recent years has led to a large amount of under-qualified practitioners who have little more than cursory training in these procedures. 

Before choosing to offer these cosmetic services, Wholeness Center researched quality products, best practices - and, most importantly, a Doctor who was not only specially trained, but valued a natural looking appearance. Eventually, we opted to partner with Dr. Niki Patel, a board-certified internal medicine physician and medical aesthetics specialist, to ensure a safe experience and natural look for all of our clients.

Dr. Patel administers two different types of injectables at Wholeness Center: Botox and Juvederm. Botox smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles by reducing muscle movement where injected. Juvederm, on the other hand, is a filler that plumps up facial features that have lost their natural fullness due to age, gravity, or other life factors. 

We sat down with Dr. Patel to discuss some of our clients’ questions regarding both procedures. Check out what he had to say below - if there’s something we missed, feel free to comment your question and we will be happy to answer!

Q: How do I know what treatment is best for me? 

A: “Botox and filler are used for different reasons, and they are entirely different in injection - from the place where you inject to the way it works,” says Dr. Patel. “I ask the patient, what is the main concern - and, based on their concern, I give them a solution.” Botox is used to reduce and / or remove wrinkles, Filler is used to plump features of your face you believe have lost volume. 

Q: What is Botox most commonly used to treat?

A: Botox is most commonly used to smooth “11” lines between the eyebrows, the forehead, “crow’s feet” alongside the eyes, and frown lines near the mouth. If used at the first signs of aging, it can actually prevent those wrinkles from taking root. 

Q: What is Filler most commonly used to treat?

A: Filler is best used on areas that have already lost collagen due to aging and gravity, or to help re-shape features in a gentle way. It is typically used to fill the tear troughs to reduce the look of bags, enhance the appearance of cheek bones, and plump lips. 

Q: What exactly is filler?

A: “Filler is a solution that fills up the space which is empty on your face: under the eyes, the cheekbones,” says Dr. Patel. “Cheekbones, over time, never get more prominent - they always go down.” 

Q: Are there different types of filler? If yes, what are the advantages of one over the other? 

A: “Yes, there are many types of filler but we only use Juvederm” says Dr. Patel. He continues “We use Juverderm because it is the most skin-friendly, completely natural solution that does not have any kind of other additives; it mimics your own tissue, it’s not a foreign material. The bad side is, it’s expensive, and doesn't stay long as compared to artificial fillers, and can also dissolve.” The key ingredient in Juvederm is hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by the body in waning quantities as we age, that holds on to moisture in the skin.

Q: How long do Botox and Filler last?

A: It all depends on the patient and how fast their body metabolizes the ingredients. Botox typically lasts around 6 months, but some patients have had it last up to a year. Fillers can last anywhere from 1-2 years depending on the treatment area.

Q: What happens during my consultation / treatment?

A: During consultations, Dr. Patel takes a patient’s skin’s current condition, overall health, and desired results into account, and advises on the best course of individual treatment. Injections can take as little as ten minutes, depending on the area and type of procedure. Redness or temporary bruising at the injection site is common but temporary, usually receding in a few short days. Dr. Patel is conservative with his needle, preferring a slower build to a radical transformation, and gives his patients’ safety and health top priority.

Dr. Patel is accepting appointments for Wholeness Center’s first Botox & Fillers party on July 31st from 4-8 pm. It’s OK if you’ve never had any sort of injections done before; Dr. Patel will help you find the treatment that’s best for you.

Contact Wholeness Center at (845) 268-7532 to make your reservation for our Botox & Fillers party on July 31st from 4-8 pm.